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Jane Godwin
Author | Primary (Prep - Grade 2)

Touring Sydney
5th – 9th September 2022

Jane Godwin is an Australian children’s book publisher and highly acclaimed author of over twenty books for children, such as How Big is Too Small?Little Cat and the Big Red BusToday We Have No Plans, and Go Go and the Silver Shoes. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including the Queensland Premier’s Award and the Aurealis Award. Her books have also been shortlisted in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the YABBA Awards, the Speech Pathology Awards and the Australian Book Industry Awards. 

Thankyou so much for organising Jane Godwin to visit our school and speak to the Year Prep – Two students.  She was professional, extremely well organised, and a highly engaging presenter and both the students and teachers enjoyed listening to her read, her stories behind the books and the way that she engaged with students and encouraged them to be writers.  I would highly recommend her for other Junior Primary classes.
Susan Bannister | Teacher Librarian Calthorpe Resource Centre
Marymede Catholic College

Virtual visits available


Books by Jane Godwin

COMING SOON! A Walk in the Dark

A gripping and suspenseful rite-of-passage novel about five teenagers and one night that will change them all, from award-winning author Jane Godwin. ‘It’s just a walk in the dark. What is there to worry about?’ That’s what the head teacher, Johan, says. And so the Year Nines from Otway Community School set out on an overnight hike, with no adults. But doesn’t Johan know that a storm is coming? When five teenagers head in to the forest that late afternoon, none of them is aware what the night will bring. Each will have to draw on their particular strengths to survive. Each will have to face the unknown, battling the elements, events beyond their control, and their own demons. It’s a night that will change everything. Set in the lush rainforest of Victoria’s Otway Ranges, A Walk in the Dark is about friendship, trust, identity and family, consent and boundaries, wrapped in a compulsively readable, suspense-filled adventure. Five head into the forest, but will all five make it out?

Polly’s Grand Party Plan

Polly’s sixth birthday would be here any day (Well actually thirty-five sleeps away) She was counting down till the thirteenth of May There d be a party! Yippee! Hooray! Polly was making a plan For dreamers and party planners everywhere comes a relatable picture book about throwing the perfect birthday party … even when things don’t exactly go to plan.

Say Hello

Let’s find some animals off we go! Would you like to meet them and say hello? Join dynamic duo Jane Godwin and Jane Reiseger on a fun and bright adventure to learn all the ways that animals say hello. Look out for the sneaky little mouse along the way!


Best Suited 3+ years
So many families,

some big and some small.
Each one is different,
let’s look at them all!   In this warm and humorous exploration of families, much-loved Australian children’s author Jane Godwin has teamed with internationally acclaimed Argentinian creator Yael Frankel. Together, they weave a colourful celebration of all the differences that make every family unique.

You’ll be sure to recognise a family just like yours!

Little One

Best Suited 3+ years
Pippi loves her special Little One: she’s soft like mist and always warm, and she’s there for Pippi through night and day. Together, they sit at the window and wonder at the world. But one day, Little One goes missing. Pippi feels lost too, but perhaps she can learn to wonder at the world without Little One by her side … From a wonderful new pairing of Jane Godwin and Gabriel Evans comes a timeless story that reminds us nothing is ever truly lost.

Mumma, Dadda, No, Mine, More!

Best Suited for ages 2-7 Years
Mumma, Dadda,
Toddlers have many ways of making themselves understood!
In this clever and delightful story, a young child’s day is explored through five words that all toddlers use to communicate.

Arno and His Horse

Best Suited 4-7 Years
Arno and his Horse is a beautifully written rhyming text, matched with exquisite illustrations, that explores love, memory, loss and the power objects can hold.

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